Susan Koppenhaver, Director
1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
It is the mission of the Ulster County Office for the Aging to assist Ulster County seniors to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible. This is accomplished through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families. We accomplish this in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.
To view the Ulster County Senior-Friendly Community Action Plan please click here.
Just a reminder that it is Tick Season - so please be prepared and review important information to protect yourself from tick bites and tick-borne diseases: https://ulstercountyny.gov/health/be-tick-free-ulster-county and https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/
To View Ulster County Office for the Aging's Draft 2020-2024 Four Year Plan click here
A Message from Director Susan Koppenhaver
Dear Ulster County Seniors,
Welcome to December and the Holiday rush we are all looking forward to! I thought I would mention a few things about your smart/not smart phones that can offer you some protection in public, especially during the busy Holiday season-
Looking to charge your phone/Ipad/tablet before traveling:
· “If it’s not yours, don’t touch it” – USB cords can transfer more than electricity. Data can be stored on some cords either directly when you leave the cord after charging or wirelessly while you are charging.
· Charge at home and/or carry an extra battery. It sounds simple, but the safer way to operate your phone is make sure it’s charged before leaving the house. If you are out for a majority of the day and do not have access to a secure charging station, carry a battery extension. That way you can charge up on a power source you control.
· Or use your car charger.
· If you absolutely must charge your phone on a public charging station, power down your device first and use your own USB cord.
If you absolutely have to connect to check an email, shop, or schedule something important, take precautions: Know the hotspots you are connecting to – hackers often create hotspots near common public Wi-Fi and make the names very similar to places like hotels and coffee shops.
· Do not “automatically” connect to available Wi-Fi hotspots. Update your phone settings to choose Wi-Fi connections each time you encounter them.
· Close all apps before you connect.
· Don’t open private information (bank apps, credit card apps) when you are connected.
· Don’t use any games that are connected to your social media—this allows for hacking to take “the long route” into your information. Hackers use social media to find additional information about you and your accounts.
This is very helpful information – who knew that the cords you use to charge phones carry data? I didn’t.
Please know that we are planning a Holiday gathering in the Senior Hub on Wednesday, December 11 after the meal is served. Come sing some well-known holiday carols, and enjoy some punch and cookies for your Holidays! Speaking of the Senior Hub, we are looking to procure games, cards, colored pencils, checker and chess sets, a Mahjong set, maybe a scrabble game or two! We are going to set up a portion of the Senior Hub devoted to group games, maybe a bridge or Canasta club, Card games and tournaments, Bingo games, you name it! Lots of ways to bring you all together for some fun!
A Message Patrick K. Ryan, Ulster County Executive
Dear Ulster Seniors,
It is a privilege and an honor to continue serving the over 180,000 residents of Ulster County. One of the main themes I heard from residents at the many Town Hall meetings I held throughout the County was that people want a direct personal relationship with their government. I recently announced a new program, in conjunction with our County Clerk Nina Postupack, to take County Government on the road to directly bring services across the County. The Mobile County Government unit will go to every region of Ulster County quarterly and will provide services from the County Clerk’s Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) van, which can be used for vehicle registration, licenses, and passport renewal. In addition, representatives from other Ulster County departments including The Office for the Aging will be collaborating with us to offer mobile services to bring services directly to residents in their home communities.
I also want to let you know that we are creating a Memorial Pavilion at the Ulster County Veterans Cemetery located in New Paltz dedicated to the internment of Veterans and their spouses. This project will allow Ulster County to honor our Veterans for the next century. As the County Executive and as a combat veteran, I am committed to ensuring that we recognize the selfless service of the thousands of veterans here in our County. This new addition will serve as a monument for the brave men and women who fought to protect our nation.
In addition, please note that the Ulster County Warming Center has a new location at the 2nda Iglesia La Mision Church, 80 Elmendorf St., Kingston. No one should find themselves out on the streets without shelter in the freezing weather. To find out when the Warming Center is activated please check our website at www.ulstercountyny.gov or call my office at 845-340-3800.
On behalf of my family and the entire Ulster County Government, I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year!
Patrick K. Ryan
Ulster County Executive
For many seniors seeking a way to get low-impact exercise that improves health and requires no special equipment, Tai Chi is an excellent solution. Many seniors throughout Ulster County are enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi. Research is showing that an extremely effective way for older adults to improve balance, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls. Attending group Tai Chi classes is a great way to socialize with others. Watch local Tai Chi instructor Celeste Graves lead a class.